Kendal trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Kendal, anciently known as Kirkby in Kendal or Kirkby Kendal, is a market town and civil parish within the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. Historically in Westmorland, it is situated about 8mi south-east of Windermere, 19mi north of Lancaster, 23mi north-east of Barrow-in-Furness and 38mi north-west of Skipton. The town lies in the valley or "dale" of the River Kent, from which it derives its name, and has a total resident population of 28,586, making it the third largest settlement in Cumbria behind Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.Kendal today is known largely as a centre for tourism, as the home of Kendal mint cake, and as a producer of pipe tobacco and tobacco snuff. Its buildings, mostly constructed with the local grey limestone, have earned it the nickname Auld Grey Town.HistoryKendal is listed in the Domesday Book as part of Yorkshire with the name Cherchebi. For many centuries it was called Kirkbie Kendal, meaning "village with a church in the valley of the River Kent". The earliest castle was a Norman motte and bailey (now located on the west side of the town) when the settlement went under the name of Kirkbie Strickland.Kendal is in Lake District. Use our United Kingdom trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Kendal and other destinations in United Kingdom.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Kendal
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Kendal
Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District from Windermere BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $65
Duration: 7 hours 45 minutes
Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $54
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Lake District Rail Day Trip from London BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $286
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes
View all >
Side trips from Kendal
Shopping in Kendal
Fun & Games in Kendal
Nature in Kendal
Places to visit with Kendal
Recently planned trips to Kendal
2 days in Kendal BY A USER FROM ISLE OF MAN December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Kendal & Bowness-on-Windermere BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Kendal & Windermere BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Kendal BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Kendal BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium